PCS develops insert that withstands heat
PCS Co., a Fraser, Mich., company that builds tooling components for injection molding and die casting, introduced a date insert that withstands mold temperatures up to 850° F.
PCS said the insert works well with polyester and phenolic resins. The center insert can be changed while the mold stays in the press.
Tel. (800) 521-0546, fax (800) 505-3299.
Contech converter reduces master rolls
Contech of Goddard, Kan., said its Magna RW Rewinder converts large master rolls of film, vinyl and nonwoven products to smaller rolls.
Contech also markets an UltraPress, which can slit and rewind film in widths from 24-96 inches.
Tel. (316) 722-6907, fax (316) 722-2976.
ESL's latest tester is voice-actuated
It's a scene from 2001: A Tensile Testing Odyssey: "HAL, run the tensile test." "Yes, Dave."
In what Electro Standards Laboratories claims is an industry first, the ESLTest II tensile tester is voice-actuated. The operator speaks through a wireless headset, leaving his or her hands free to manipulate the sample.
ESLTest II does tensile, compression and peel tests, said the company in Cranston, R.I.
Tel. (401) 943-1164; fax (401) 946-5790; e-mail [email protected] Standards.com.
RJG, Paulson create training programs
RJG Inc. and Paulson Training Programs Inc. are joining forces to develop training programs for injection molding.
The primary course will be an interactive CD-ROM teaching RJG's decoupled-molding technique, which separates the molding process into three phases of filling, packing and cooling.
Paulson, of Chester, Conn., and RJG, of Traverse City, Mich., also will develop Paulson's SkillBuilder lessons as part of the Decoupled Molding course. SkillBuilder features interactive, virtual injection molding so students can simulate molding on a personal computer.
Paulson: tel. (860) 526-3099, fax (860) 526-3454, e-mail [email protected]
RJG: tel. (231) 947-3111, fax (231) 947-6403.
Steel can strengthen DTM molds, parts
DTM Corp., which makes Sinterstation stereolithography machines, said its new powdered material uses stainless steel to make more robust molds and prototype parts.
LaserForm ST-100 is a 420 stainless steel-based powder, coated with a plastic binder. DTM introduced the material at EuroMold 2000 in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
According to the Austin, Texas-based DTM, LaserForm ST-100 creates molds that also can generate tooling that can produce up to 100,000 plastic parts.
The Sinterstation uses a laser to fuse powdered materials into solid parts. After the stainless steel part is made, the part gets infiltrated with bronze in an oven.
Tel. (512) 339-2922, fax (512) 339-0634, e-mail [email protected]
Farrel Corp. debuts new size on FTX line
Farrel Corp. of Ansonia, Conn., has introduced a new size to its FTX line of compounding extruders, this one with a screw diameter of 26 millimeters.
The clamshell-design machine can produce up to 80 pounds of compounds an hour. Farrel suggests combining the FTX-20 with a lower-priced twin-screw sidefeeder and a strand pelletizer, for a low total price.
Applications include development work or production of fiber-grade dispersion for color concentrate makers. The quick-opening barrel also allows the extruder to produce powder coatings or toner.
Tel. (203) 736-5500, e-mail [email protected]